Presentation on theme: "International Student Advisory Service (ISAS)"— Presentation transcript:
1 International Student Advisory Service (ISAS) Overview of Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur), Tier 2 and Tier 4 (Doctorate Extension Scheme) and Tier 5 visa categoriesInternational Student Advisory Service (ISAS)
3 What is Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur (GE) Not to be mistaken for Tier 1 EntrepreneurA visa that enables you to run your own business (for one year initially). Your business plan is endorsed by the UniversityAll students (undergraduate or postgraduate) eligibleSubcategories – eg Tier 5 (Youth Mobility) or T5 TW
4 Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur (GE) Types of endorsementGeneral 1900 places April April Swansea has 20 places2.Global 100 places April 2014 – April For overseas graduates endorsed by UKTI.
5 Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur (GE) Graduate can switch to T1(GE) if:a) Has valid visa or last granted visa under T4 or pre-T4 student visa, inc resitting exams, writing up thesis or b) Has valid Tier 2 visa for postdoctoral workHas not previously had T1(PSW), SEGS/IGS, Fresh TalentHas genuine and credible business idea (University must judge)From 06/04/2014 can be endorsed by other institutions on the list of endorsing bodies (unless on T2, then endorsed by current employer). Degree must still be awarded by institution on list of endorsing bodiesHas official sponsor’s written consent, if was sponsored for study
6 Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur (GE) Qualification (25 points) 1. a) Awarded Bachelor’s, Master’s (including MBA) or PhD From 06/04/2014, no time limit on when applicant was awarded degree OR b) Degree deemed by NARIC to be equivalent of UK degree (Global Endorsement) OR 2. If on T2, or last on T2, endorsed by T2 employer who must confirm has UK degree. Degree can have been awarded by another HEI and can be awarded more than 12 months before application.
7 Tier 1 GE – How much money Maintenance (10 points) If applying in UK, balance of £945 held every day for 90 days & maintained until visa application submittedIf applying outside UK, balance of £1,890 held every day for 90 days & maintained until visa application submittedFor dependants, balance of £1,260 per dependant held every day for 90 days if the Tier 1 GE migrant is outside the UK or has been in the UK for under 12 months, £630 per dependant otherwise
8 Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur (GE) - Conditions Visa granted for 12 months initiallyTotal (maximum) time allowed on this visa is 2 yearsRegular meetings with University who will continue to monitor and review progressPolice registration requirement (where applicable)No recourse to public fundsCan take employment outside of setting up own business. Number of work hours unrestricted
9 Tier 1 GE – How to applyStart planning your business early. See Careers to start!Apply after getting your degreeDeadline to apply in UK, before visa expiresApplies for visa within 3 months of being endorsed by HEI (University)Complete paper application form + documentsISAS will check and post your applicationCost of application £422 + £19.20 postal application (around 2 months)Can apply in UK or overseas
10 What is Tier 2 (General) Replaced the “work permit” scheme This visa enables the visa-holder to undertake a job in UK that would not normally be possible for certain nationalsThe visa ties you to the job and the employerEmployer must be on Home Office (UK Visas and Immigration/UKVI) list of Tier 2 licensed sponsorsEmployer offers you a job and must give you a Certificate of Sponsorship (C of S)
11 Tier 2 (General) – how to qualify Your job must have a particular skills levelThere is a minimum wage level of £20,500, though this depends on the job and can be higherUsually the job must have been advertised as required by the Home Office, but most Tier 4 students who have graduated recently are exempt from this advertising requirement (resident labour market test - RLMT)Shortage occupation list or PhD level jobs – easier to qualify(see Appendix K immigration rules – subject to change)
12 Tier 2 (General) – how to qualify You have to prove that you have English language skills, which you meet if you have a UK degree, and meet maintenance requirements (all students eligible to apply)If you want to, or must, apply outside the UK, or if you apply in the UK and you have immigration permission as a Tier 4 partner, your job must score a minimum number of points(Restricted C of S)
13 Tier 2 (General) – Certificates of Sponsorship Restricted /unrestricted C of SRestricted (subject to annual cap)Tier 2(G) – outside UK, salary under £153,500Tier 4 Dependant switching in country to T2(G)Unrestricted (not subject to annual cap)Tier 2 (ICT)Tier 2 (G) salary package £153,500+Tier 2 (G) – T4 students already in UK switching/extending
14 Tier 2 (General) Unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (C of S) No limit on C of SSponsor (employer) must establish whether worker falls under restricted/unrestrictedThose with Tier 4 visas applying in UK qualify more easily
15 Tier 2 (General) Restricted C of S Annual limit then allocated equally across months (currently 20,700)Allocation in order of highest pointsShortage occupation list, PhD Level = high pointsHigher salary = more points
16 Tier 2 (General) – Resident Labour Market Test What is RLMT?In order to pass the resident labour market test, an employer must have advertised the job in an appropriate way for the sector and be able to show that no suitably skilled settled worker (e.g. British/European national) can do the job.
17 Tier 2 (General) – Resident Labour Market Test RLMT exemption - special provisions for studentsHas valid Tier 4 or pre-Tier 4 student visaCompleted and passed UK degree, PGCE, PGDE ORCompleted 12 months of PhDMinimum salary £20,500 (or SOC code salary if higher)
18 Tier 2 (General) – Resident Labour Market Test Other exemptionsPost on shortage occupation listPay £153,500 +Tier 1 (PSW), T1 GE (from 1 Oct 2013) or Tier 4/student who meets special provisionsDoctor/dentist in trainingExtending T2 working in same job (any break in employment must solely due to period of academic leave)
19 Tier 2 – What else?Leave can be granted for up to 5 years for first applicationThose who have or had leave under T1 PSW or T1 GE meet the English language requirementNew resident labour market test (RLMT) exemption for staff at HEI (universities) returning to the same employer after a period of academic research. Those with T1 GE switching to T2 are exemptHow much money - £945 held every day for 90 days (£630 for dependants)
20 Tier 2 (General) – Points scoring Certificate of sponsorship 30Salary compliant with SOC 20English language (min B1) 10Maintenance £945 + £630 per dependantfor 90 days, or certified by A-rated sponsorTotal 70
21 What is Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) For PhD students onlyEnables PhD students to stay for an extra year to look for jobsSubcategories – eg Tier 5 (Youth Mobility) or T5 TW
22 Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) RequirementsMust apply in UK before visa expiresCannot apply overseasMust have valid T4 visa only (not pre-T4 student visa)Apply within 60 days before expected end date, i.e. date when PhD will be awardedATAS – not required if apply for DES 28 days before expected end date on CAS
23 Tier 4 DES – How much money £1,640 in student’s bank, plus £920 for each dependant, held for 28 daysOfficial sponsor’s written consent, if previously sponsored for studyIf student will not complete doctorate before current visa expires, may need CAS for further T4 visa where possible, then second CAS for DES (subject to change). Discuss options with an International Student Adviser.
24 Tier 4 DES – How to apply Apply BEFORE degree awarded Complete online Tier 4 applicationISAS will check and post your applicationDocuments – CAS, bank statements, photos, passport, police registration certificateCost of applicationPostal £422 + £19.20 postal application (2 months)Premium Cardiff £822 (2 weeks)
25 Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) Conditions of visaValid for 12 months only, no extensionNot eligible for public fundsPolice registration if requiredCan take any work at any level, except doctor or dentist in training or professional sportsperson/coachContact with T4 sponsor at least twice in 12 monthsT4 sponsor to report unexplained missed contact to UKVIStudent to inform sponsor if leaves UK for good, or changes visa
26 Tier 5 Temporary Worker Different categories creative and sporting charity workers (voluntary work)religious workersgovernment authorised exchange (GAE)international agreement
27 Tier 5 Temporary Worker (GAE) Look at Home Office list – Register of Sponsors (Tier 2 and Tier 5)Separate list for Tier 5 GAEMaximum 12 monthsCan only apply in UK if – internship, training, work experience directly relating to qualificationFor Chinese students only - International Student Internship Scheme (ISIS)How much money? £945 for 90 days
28 Tier 5 Temporary Worker (GAE) International Student Internship Scheme:This internship scheme will offer supernumerary work placements to: Chinese students from the top 211 universities; Chinese graduates from UK universities (who will transfer from Tier 4 to Tier 5 GAE) and Chinese nationals (students and graduates) applying direct from China.Interns will spend time with large UK businesses looking to expand their Chinese presence and to grow their trade links with China.
31 www.ukcisa.org.uk (The Next Stage) www.swansea.ac.uk/isas (Work) Useful websitesThis ISAS presentation gives a brief overview,see websites below for full details:(The Next Stage)(Work)
32 Where can I get advice? Monday – Friday 09:20 – 16:00 The International Student Advisers are the only people in the University qualified to give immigration advice.The International Student Advisory Service (ISAS) is based in Student Support Services, Keir Hardie Building (opposite library).Monday – Friday 09:20 – 16:00